The Emirates Mackinnon Stakes is a 2000 metre weight-for-age race held in November each year at Flemington during the Spring Racing Carnival. Until 2015 it was held on the Saturday before the Melbourne Cup but in 2016 was moved to the Saturday after.
- Race Type: Group 1 WFA 3YO & up
- Distance: 2,000 metres
- Track: Flemington Racecourse, Melbourne, Victoria
- Date: Saturday, 11 November 2017
The first Emirates Mackinnon Stakes was run in 1869 and was won by a horse named Glencoe. It was known as the Melbourne Stakes prior to 1936, and has had Group 1 status since 1979. It carries prizemoney of $1,000,000 and is a WFA race for three-year-olds and up, although in 2003 Casual Pass became the first three-year-old to win the Mackinnon Stakes for 50 years.
2017 Emirates Mackinnon Stakes Final Field & Odds:
See below for all the latest Mackinnon Stakes odds plus final field.‘Odds not currently available’
2017 Emirates Stakes Preview & Tips:
Track: Good Weather: Fine
There is a field of 15 runners for the Emirates (Mackinnon) Stakes with 3 having their last start in the Cox Plate and 4 in the Cantala Stakes. The betting is fairly open and the early favourite is Folkswood who was 3rd in the Cox Plate last start following a win in the Cranbourne Cup. Second favourite is Cliff’s Edge who followed a win in the Caulfield Classic with 3nd in the Moonee Valley Vase and carries 6kg less here. Third favourite is multiple Group 1 winning New Zealander Gingernuts.
2015 winner Gailo Chop was 5th in the Cox Plate. Happy Clapper was 6th in the Cox Plate and has never won beyond 1600m. Tom Melbourne was a close 2nd in the Cantala Stakes and Tosen Stardom was 8th in that race. It’s Somewhat has 2 wins over this distance and chased steadily for 3rd in the G2 Crystal Mile last start. Odeon raced on Tuesday where he won the Melbourne Cup Day Plate over 1800m by 2 lengths. All other runners are currently 20 to 1 or longer.
The following are the top 4 selections from our tipster panel for this years race.
|3 Gailo Chop||4 Tosen Stardom||7 Folkswood|
|10 Gingernuts||3 Gailo Chop||10 Gingernuts|
|7 Folkswood||1 Happy Clapper||1 Happy Clapper|
|15 Cliff’s Edge||7 Folkswood||3 Gailo Chop|
Previous winners of the Mackinnon Stakes:
There are a number of great mares in the list of past winners, with five mares winning in the past 20 years. These are Empire Rose (1988), Horlicks (1989), Let’s Elope (1991), Champagne (1998) and La Bella Dama (2001). Both Empire Rose and Let’s Elope were good enough to go on to win the Melbourne Cup the following tuesday. Two legendary mares have managed to win this race on three occasions – Tranquil Star in 1942, 1944 & 1945 and Wakeful in 1901, 1902, 1903 and are the only two horses to win three times, although there are many several horses to win on two occasions, including Phar Lap in 1930 and 1931.
There are many other notable winners including Grand Armee (2004), Lonhro (2002), Better Loosen Up (1990), Rubiton (1987), Dulcify (1979), Leilani (1974), Rain Lover (1968), Tobin Bronze (1966), Comic Court (1949 & 1950), Flight (1946), Ajax (1938), Peter Pan (1932 & 1934) and Carbine (1889).
|2017||Tosen Stardom||Happy Clapper||It’s Somewhat|
|2016||Awesome Rock||Hauraki (dead heat 2nd)Seaburge (dead heat 2nd)||Vadamos|
|2015||Gailo Chop||Rising Romance (NZ)||Magic Artist (IRE)|
|2014||Happy Trails||He’s Your Man (FR)||Farraaj (IRE)|
|2013||Side Glance||Dear Demi||Moriarty|
|2012||Alcopop||Glass Harmonium||Ocean Park|
|2011||Glass Harmonium||Mourayan||Rekindled Interest|
|2010||So You Think||Descarado||Ginga Dude|
|2009||Scenic Shot||Miss Maren||Viewed|
|2006||Desert War||Growl||Aqua dAmore|
|2005||Lad Of The Manor||Our Smoking Joe||Lachlan River|
|2003||Casual Pass||Pentastic||Fields Of Omagh|
|2002||Lonhro||Royal Code||Distinctly Secret|
|2001||La Bella Dama||Hill Of Grace||Emission|